|43 Drayvon Fairley|
Pirates Complete Last Weekday Practice of Spring Season
Pirates Ready For First Scrimmage At Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium
Pirates Keep Preparation Efforts On Course For Saturday's Scrimmage
Head Football Coach Ruffin McNeill Discusses The Start Of Spring Practice
Twenty Players Recognized After ECU Earns Bowl Bid, Posts Second-Highest Win Total Since 1992
A consummate "team-first" member of the Pirate program ... A two-time recipient of the defensive unit's Scout Team Player-of-the-Year Award (2012, 2014) ... Lack of game-day action is primarily attributed to injuries suffered during early years of Pirate career ... Lost valuable development time after suffering a left knee injury during spring practice in 2013 (missed all three scrimmages), a setback which was extended throughout the regular season ... Coaches expect full return after a solid spring performance ... Will open preseason camp as a reserve at one of the inside linebacking positions, most likely the "mike" slot ... Could also earn additional reps as a key special teams contributor ... Despite ailments, has participated in both bowl games while on the active roster ... Posted three tackles during first spring scrimmage (March 28) before adding two more and a fumble recovery during the second contest on April 11 ... Had two stops, including one for lost yardage (-2) during the Purple-Gold Game on April 18 ... Strength and conditioning testing numbers include a 340-pound bench press, a 435-pound back squat (a 55-pound improvement from 2014), a 275-pound power clean, a 37.5" vertical, a 10'0.5" broad and a 4.10 clip in the pro shuttle ... Flex rating of 13 ranks among top percentage of linebackers.
2014: Played in five contests as a sophomore -- Cincinnati, Tulane, Tulsa, UCF and Florida (Birmingham Bowl) ... Did not experience action in the first eight games of the season ... Was not credited with any statistics ... As previously mentioned, was the defensive winner of the 2014 Rick Bankston Memorial Award (symbolic of top scout team player) during the team's annual honors banquet.
2013: Missed entire regular season because of a left knee injury suffered during the spring ... Returned to experience action in the Beef `O' Brady's Bowl at Tropicana Field, but did not record any statistics.
2012: Turned in an award-winning effort as a member of the Pirates' development squad during redshirt campaign as a true freshman, earning recognition as the Defensive Scout Team Player-of-the-Year by coaching staff ... Signed with Ruffin McNeill's program in February.
High School: A three-year letterwinner at Red Springs who helped turn around the Red Devils' program and guide it to a 10-3 record and 4-1 mark in the Three Rivers Conference as a senior ... Team advanced to the quarterfinals of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) 1AA state championship after posting a 3-8 record as a junior and 1-10 ledger during sophomore season ... Helped Red Springs capture a pair of playoff victories as a senior, the school's first postseason wins since 2005 ... Played primarily as a defensive end first two years before moving to linebacker as a senior ... A First-Team All-Three Rivers Conference, The Robesonian All-Robeson County Team, NCPreps.com 1A All-State Team and Fayetteville Observer All-Cape Fear Region Second-Team honoree following final campaign ... Tallied 132 tackles, including 17 stops for lost yardage and 13 sacks, during the 2011 season ... Also contributed six forced fumbles ... Prior to senior year, placed on the NCPreps.com Preseason 1A All-State Team ... Booked 78 tackles and a team-high six sacks as a junior, when the team went 3-2 in the league ... Earned All-Three Rivers Conference accolades after junior campaign ... During first year with Red Springs, earned defense's most valuable player award ... Spent freshman year at Scotland High School in the junior varsity program ... Played for head coach George Coltharp as a senior, Eric Puryear as a junior and John Harper as a sophomore ... Also was a member of the Red Devils' basketball program.
Personal: Full name is Drayvon T. Fairley ... Born June 18, 1994 at Washington, D.C. ... A criminal justice major ... Enjoys playing the guitar, art and music.